Travel Writing Bursary

2016-02-27 14.10.59 copyKindly donated by Mairi Hedderwick, this bursary will support one place on the Moniack Mhor Travel Writing Course from Monday 18th until Saturday 23rd September  2017. The tutors for the course are Horatio Clare and Michelle Jana Chan with guest Sara Wheeler. It is hoped that this opportunity will support those wanting to develop skills in the genre and enhance their writing practice.

 Details of previous winners can be found HERE.

2017 Winner announced.

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2017 Travel Writing bursary is Thomas MacColl.


Thomas writes, “Having grown up in Fife, I have now lived in Edinburgh for 10 years, after moving to study English Literature there in 2007. I have family ties to Barra and Ballachulish on my dad’s side, and to Tuscany on my mum’s side; travelling to these places as a child imbued me with a love of travel and discovery which I have nurtured ever since. I am currently working as a secondary English teacher, having previously worked as a freelance proofreader and copy writer and as a support worker for adults with learning disabilities over the past few years. I have read my short fiction at the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s annual Story Shop event and at Main Point Books in Edinburgh, as well as creating collaborative poetry with Ed Smith. In November 2017 my partner Catriona and I are setting off on a round-the-world adventure, so I am delighted to have been offered this year’s Mairi Hedderwick Bursary for the Moniack Mhor Travel Writing course. I intend to use my experience at Moniack Mhor to sharpen my writing skills and develop my plans for documenting our travels and exploring it through literature.”














Applications for this award are now closed. 


The bursary ­ is open to unpublished/published writers living and working in Scotland who have, or would like to have, a travel piece in development.

Please apply by sending:

  • A CV which demonstrates that you meet the criteria
  • An A4 summary of your writing project that outlines your work in progress.
  • A sample of your work (maximum 1000 words, double spaced and single sided)

Applications can be submitted from the 23th March with a closing date of Monday 12th June  2017 at 5pm. The successful applicant will be notified soon afterwards.

You can find some advice on the dos and don’ts of submitting on this LINK.

Applications should be sent by email to: or by post: Moniack Mhor Writers’ Centre, Teavarran, Kiltarlity, IV4 7HT

For any enquiries relating to the Travel Writing Bursary, please contact: Heather Clyne, Centre Administrator on or 01463 741 675

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